Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
6:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Annual Consumer Report Points To Toy Dangers

Beth Ramey, MassPIRG consumer advocate, holds a " Grow Changer" toy that she said poses a choking hazard for young children.
Credit WAMC

With the holiday shopping season well under way, an advocacy group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety. The findings echo a recent report in New York: many toys on store shelves are simply unsafe.

The Public Interest Research Group released its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report this week. Beth Ramey, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts chapter of the national organization, discussed the report at a news conference Tuesday at the downtown Springfield YMCA, as a group of small children looked on.

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New England News
4:27 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Panel Recommends Hefty Pay Hikes For Top Elected Officials

Credit wikipedia.org

State legislators in Massachusetts are reacting cautiously to the report from an advisory commission that recommended large pay hikes for all the state’s top elected officials.

   A spokesman for House Speaker Robert Deleo said the report is being reviewed.  Democratic State Rep. Angelo Puppolo of Springfield concedes it is a not a good time to talk about pay raises when the state is facing a large projected budget deficit that may require mid fiscal year spending cuts

   " Timing-wise, I think it is not the best time to do this."

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New England News
2:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Massachusetts Casino Opponents Consider Next Steps

Steve Abdow, a western Massachusetts organizer with Repeal the Casino Deal.
Credit WAMC

After failing last month to repeal the state’s casino law, activists in Massachusetts may become watchdogs over the industry.

Steve Abdow, one of the leaders of the Repeal the Casino Deal campaign, said the effort to stop casinos from coming to Massachusetts ended with the crushing defeat on Election Day, but he and fellow activists are discussing other ways to stay involved.

"We  have concerns about the impacts casinos will have on our communities. That is what we all have in common and why we did our work."

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Hundreds Say Final Farewells To "People's Bishop"

Western Massachusetts police chiefs were pallbearers for Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire
Credit WAMC

Hundreds turned out today in Springfield for a final farewell to a beloved spiritual leader in western Massachusetts.

 The Catholic funeral mass filled with ancient rituals and symbols, hymns, and scripture readings was a moving tribute to the long life of the man known as the “people’s Bishop”—Joseph Maguire, who died last week at 95.

600 people filled Saint Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield for the service, which lasted about 90 minutes.   Philip Waystack, a nephew of Maguire’s, said nothing made his “uncle Joe” happier than being among people.

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New England News
3:54 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Funeral Is Monday For Retired Springfield Bishop Maguire

A funeral will be held Monday for retired Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire.

The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael’s Cathedral –the mother church of the Springfield Diocese.  Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the service will be a fitting tribute to the beloved spiritual leader who was known as the “people’s bishop.”

" We will follow Bishop Maguire's  plans for those funeral services," said Rozanski

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New England News
10:52 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Show Of Support Urged For Rebuilding Cathedral High School

A group campaigning to get a new Catholic high school built in Springfield, Massachusetts is asking for a show of public support. 

   Organizers have announced December 16 as “Save Cathedral Day.”  They’re calling on people to put out signs or wear purple and white—the colors of Cathedral High School.    Al Dilascia, co-chair of the Committee for Cathedral Action, said they want to show Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski that there is broad support for rebuilding the historic school that was wrecked by a tornado more than 3 years ago.

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New England News
12:46 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Springfield Officials Consider Future BID Payments

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is considering a new three-year agreement with a non-profit organization that promotes downtown activities.

   The city council is reviewing a proposal to continue to make $70,000 annual payments to the Business Improvement District, or BID.   Springfield BID executive director Christopher Russell said the organization offers a number of programs including sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal and marketing special events from fees paid by downtown property owners.

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New England News
1:41 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Big Balloons Launch Holiday Festivities

Credit Spirit of Springfield

The 25th annual Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons steps off at 11 a.m. Friday on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Leading this year’s parade as grand marshal will be U.S. Air Force Col.Thomas Cleland, the ROTC instructor at Springfield Central High School.  Judy Matt of Spirit of Springfield, the parade organizer, said Cleland and his family will be followed in the parade by 450 students.

"They are going to be walking with a gigantic American flag. It will be very special."

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New England News
6:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Holiday Light Show Begins 20th Season

Credit Spirit of Springfield

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the largest holiday light snow in New England.  Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield features more than a dozen different light displays along a two-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Sprirt of Springfield, the non-profit that produces Bright Nights along with the city’s parks department.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Construction Begins On New Health Education Center

Holyoke Community College trustees pose in front of the building that will be renovated to become the Center for Health Education
Credit HCC

Under a reorganization that started two years ago, the community colleges in Massachusetts are becoming regional workforce development centers.  Holyoke Community College is building a new facility to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the health care industry.

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